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TeraCloud Announces Availability of Free Fibre Channel Ping Utility
BELLEVUE, WA.- July 7, 2003 - TeraCloud Corporation announced today the availability of a free Fibre Channel Ping utility (fcping).

Ffcping v1.5, is the Fibre Channel equivalent of the standard IP networking utility PING, written by the late Mike Muuss. By sponsoring this free open source tool, TeraCloud demonstrates its commitment to helping storage administrators continue to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their storage environments.

Fcping, the world's first PING utility for Fibre Channel Networks, is authored by Dr. Bill Pierce, director of software architecture at TeraCloud and an expert in storage area networks. An active member of the SNIA SMI-S standards technical team and the SNIA management application technical work group, he released version 1.0 along with an article on the utility in the September 2002 issue of SysAdmin. Created in 1983, the original IP PING utility was adopted by the UNIX community and became one of the most popular and important programs for troubleshooting IP networks. In recognition of the utility's significance, its creator, Mike Muuss, received the USENIX Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.

"Fibre Channel SANs help IT staff solve one of their greatest challenges today, managing exponentially growing terabytes of data," said Dr. Pierce. "fcping v1.5 is a simple, essential and familiar tool for storage administrators who need to monitor and troubleshoot FibreChannel SANs. " ...TeraCloud profile


StorageTek Expands Virtual Storage Manager Capabilities

LOUISVILLE, Colo. - July 7, 2003 - Customer demand has helped make StorageTek's Virtual Storage Manager the most popular virtual tape storage solution on the market.

And now, VSM 4 offers even more capacity at greater speeds and with more connectivity options - saving businesses even more resources while managing their data centers. With VSM 4, customers in mainframe environments can achieve breakthrough gains in storage performance, capacity, connectivity, resource utilization and overall functionality to help them manage data growth more efficiently and cost-effectively.

"StorageTek believes that businesses must have the right information on the right device at the right price and time in order to successfully and cost-effectively manage their business," said Gary Francis, StorageTek corporate vice president and general manager, Automated Tape Solutions. "The new performance and functionality enhancements built into VSM 4 help customers make the most of their current investments and allow them to maximize their existing infrastructure. At the same time, VSM 4 offers a wide range of flexible disaster recovery/business continuity features - and DR/BC is certainly one of the biggest IT concerns faced by businesses today."

According to a report issued in April 2003 by Gartner Dataquest, titled "Enterprise Virtual Tape Subsystem Magic Quadrant," StorageTek has been the leader in virtual tape subsystem unit shipments since 2001. "Virtual tape technology delivers on numerous value propositions to enable mainframe enterprises to achieve advanced storage performance and increased resource consolidation," said Nick Allen, vice president of Storage Research at Gartner. ...StorageTek profile


Storability Software Claims Leadership Position in SRM

Southborough, Massachusetts - July 7, 2003 - Storability Software today celebrated its three-year anniversary and its first full year as a pure software solution provider.

Storability claims it has become the dominant enterprise storage resource management vendor by virtue of its unmatched Fortune 500 customer base, superior Global Storage Manager product offering, world-class partners, and accolades from leading industry analysts.

"We have transformed our business from a services delivery model to a pure software vendor, in spite of an incredibly difficult market. We've continued to win new customers, expand our product offering, and secure new partners while many of our competitors struggle," said Tim Leisman, Storability Software CEO. "This is a stunning achievement and has positioned us as the leader in the growing storage resource management market. We are poised to capitalize on new opportunities better than anyone else as the economy improves and IT spending increases."

Storability burst onto the storage scene in 2000 with the industry's first on-site automated, customizable, managed storage services. Today, Storability Software says it is the leading provider of SRM software solutions. Its robust Global Storage Manager software is installed at industry leaders around the globe and the company has repeatedly earned top rankings in independent assessments by respected industry analysts. No other SRM vendor has announced a customer base comparable to Storability's. One industry analyst called Storability's major multi-year deal with Deutsche Bank "the biggest deal in the enterprise storage management market to date." ...Storability Software profile


Tabernus Article published today on Storage Software Tools for Defense Systems Integrators

editor:- July 7, 2003 - a new article is published today on STORAGEsearch.com by Lakewood Colo. based Tabernus, LLC called "Storage Software Tools for Defense Systems Integrators".

Software operates equally well in an air conditioned office or the heat of the desert. So it may appear to a casual observer that the needs of civilian and military systems integrators for storage software drivers and integration utilities are very similar. But there are important differences in the operational requirements for military systems which means that systems integrators in the defense industry have subtly different needs for storage software, even when they are using COTS hardware, which utilizes "standard" interfaces like SCSI. This article provides an overview of products and services which address these issues. ...read the article, ...Tabernus profile


LSI Logic DMN-8600 shipping in Zenith DVD recorder systems

Milpitas, Calif. - July 7, 2003 - Extending its successful partnership with LG Electronics, LSI Logic Corporation today announced that its DiMeNsion 8600 DVD recorder processor is now shipping in the Zenith DVR313 line of DVD recorder products in the U.S.

A worldwide leader in consumer electronics, Korea-based LG Electronics selected the DMN-8600 for its ability to provide the highest-quality digital video and distinctive features in a cost-effective, single-chip design. Zenith DVR313 DVD recorders will be offered at manufacturer's suggested retail price of $499. The DMN-8600 supports transcoding between DV and MPEG formats, enabling the Zenith DVR313 to have easy-to-use, one remote control of a DV camcorder over FireWire. This allows the user to watch personal content from the DV camcorder while simultaneously recording to a DVD disc. ...LSI Logic profile


Oxford Semiconductor recruits VP of Sales

Abingdon, UK - July 3, 2003 - Oxford Semiconductor has appointed Antoine Michaud as VP of Sales.

Based at the company's Abingdon (UK) Head Quarters, he will focus on maintaining Oxford's continuous growth in the multimedia consumer electronics sector. Michaud arrives at Oxford semiconductor with in-depth experience of component and test equipment sales in the telecom industry. He is a former EMEA Director of Sales of fibre optic specialist EXFO. ...Oxford Semiconductor profile


More than 50% of Regulated Companies May Be Noncompliant with Email Archiving Legislation

ARLINGTON, Texas- July 3, 2003 - A new study by Osterman Research, Inc. co-sponsored by KVS, Inc. and EMC Corp shows many companies in regulated industries mistakenly believe regulations governing email retention do not apply to them, placing them at greater risk of costly legal exposure and loss of critical information.

Osterman Research surveyed 100 North American organizations that serve a variety of industries, including financial services, government, and life sciences, ranging in size from 500 to 150,000 email users. The survey was conducted March 10 - March 27, 2003 using Web-based questionnaires.

89% of the organizations surveyed are in industries that require email retention, such as financial services. However, just 29% of those regulated companies believe they have a legal requirement to retain email for a minimum period. Only 57% of all 100 organizations have an email retention policy in place, and in most cases, these policies still do not meet regulatory requirements. The oldest email that can be restored is an average of 298 days, or 10 months. This falls well short of the requirements established by the SEC and some of the much longer retention periods required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Most industry regulations also demand that companies store information in a non-deletable format, but more than half surveyed have no mechanism in place to prevent users from deleting messages that must be kept long-term.

"Lack of proper email management in a regulated company can result in severe penalties," says Mike Hedger, CEO, KVS. "Last December, for instance, the SEC fined five Wall Street brokerages a total of $8.25 million primarily because they did not retain emails for the required time period. Yet, this survey shows many companies are still risking similar fines and damage to their reputations."

Aside from the legal ramifications, doing business without a comprehensive archiving policy severely strains a company's financial and human resources. Osterman Research found many companies with email archiving in place do not have the means to quickly search for and produce specific emails. On average, restoring the oldest email currently retrievable would require 9.6 person-hours - more than a full day of staff time to find just one email. ...EMC profile, ...KVS profile, ...Osterman Research


M-Systems Introduces World's Smallest 1-Gigabit Flash-Based Storage for Mobile Devices

FREMONT, Calif. - July 3, 2003 - M-Systems today introduced the 1-gigabit Mobile DiskOnChip G3, its second Multi-Level Cell NAND-based product, storing two bits of information in a single cell.

At only 9x12x1.2mm, this is the world's smallest high-capacity NAND-based storage solution. The new product will be sampling in October 2003 and go into mass production in December 2003. Like other DiskOnChip flash disk products it will be marketed jointly by M-Systems and Toshiba.

Mobile handsets and PDAs, especially those with large color screens, speakers and cameras, are sensitive to power consumption, which is a growing issue within the mobile device industry. M-Systems' Mobile DiskOnChip delivers power consumption as low as 10mA in active mode and 10uA in deep power down mode. Because of M-Systems' proprietary x2 technology, it consumes even less power than the NAND media it is based upon, helping to increase time between recharges.

"With the expected growth of the high-end and multimedia phone segments we anticipate an increasing need for storage," said Richard Gordon, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's semiconductor research group. "Applications such as video on demand, multimedia messaging and other advance features are driving manufactures to incorporate larger capacities of high-performance flash memory within their designs." ...M-Systems profile


Softek Integrates Emulex HBAnyware Centralized Management Suite

COSTA MESA, Calif. - July 2, 2003 - Emulex Corporation announced today that Softek will incorporate support for the Emulex HBAnyware into its SANView fabric manager software.

The Emulex HBAnyware support will augment the advanced management capabilities of Softek SANView, allowing it to provide increased depth of information on host servers, HBAs and their relationship to the other storage network devices.

Softek SANView is software that monitors the health and performance of SAN-connected devices so that outages can be diagnosed and avoided. Through automatic discovery, the software travels into the SAN, identifies each of the various devices and then draws the topology. It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to automatically discover, monitor and proactively manage SAN asset performance and connectivity.

Emulex's HBAnyware is a centralized HBA management suite that dramatically simplifies SAN management and lowers total cost of ownership. HBAnyware incorporates driver-based technology to enable complete management of Emulex HBAs, including the ability to upgrade firmware anywhere in a Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN from a single console. ...Emulex profile. ...Fujitsu Softek profile


Adaptec Reports Preliminary First Quarter Results in Line with Projections

MILPITAS, Calif. - July 2, 2003 - Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT) today announced it expects first-quarter bottom-line results in the middle of the range projected in the company's conference call April 28.

The company expects to report revenue for the first quarter of approximately $107 million, below the projected range of $115-$120 million. Adaptec will also report a one-time $49.3 million gain from the May 2003 settlement with the former president of Distributed Processing Technology Corp. (DPT), a company Adaptec acquired in 1999.

"Our expectation for a strong business upturn in June failed to materialize as continuing economic uncertainty created unusually difficult selling conditions worldwide," said Robert N. Stephens, Adaptec chief executive officer. "At the same time, we continue to closely manage operations and spending and we expect results will be in line with our projections." ...Adaptec profile


EMC Acquires Rights to BMC Software's PATROL Storage Manager

Hopkinton, Mass., and Houston, Texas - July 2, 2003 - EMC Corporation and BMC Software, Inc. today announced a global sales, marketing and technology partnership.

At the foundation of this partnership, EMC has acquired rights to BMC Software's PATROL Storage Manager software, and BMC Software will resell EMC's ControlCenter family of products as its exclusive storage resource management offering through its MarketZone program.

Joe Tucci, EMC's President and CEO, said, "The partnership with BMC marks our first reseller arrangement with an independent software provider to market EMC ControlCenter as their storage resource management offering on an exclusive basis. This deal is indicative of the significant investments EMC has made to deliver the world's most functional, open, heterogeneous storage software. Our industry-leading ControlCenter family will enhance and complement BMC's leading enterprise systems management and services offerings. Customers will benefit both from BMC's deep knowledge at the server and application level and from EMC's expertise at the storage and storage network level, providing an end-to-end management solution handling nearly every layer of the IT infrastructure."

Both companies intend to tightly integrate the EMC ControlCenter family of open storage management software with BMC Software's PATROL products, providing customers with a comprehensive, end-to-end systems and performance management solution. ...BMC Software profile, ...EMC profile


QLogic SANbox2-64 Switch Certified for Use with Quantum Tape Libraries and Drives

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. - July 1, 2003 - QLogic Corp. today announced its new SANbox2-64 switch has been certified for use with the entire line of ATL tape libraries, the DX30 disk-based enhanced backup system, and DLTtape drives from Quantum Corp.

Introduced in April, the SANbox2-64 incorporates the same architecture as QLogic's award-winning SANbox2 16 port switch for seamless plug-compatibility with servers, storage, switches and software certified with SANbox2 16-port switches. The unique architecture of the SANbox2-64, which features a 4U single chassis that allows hot-swapping of 8-port switch blades, can be easily scaled from 16 to 64 ports in increments of 8. The SANbox2-64 cost-effectively eliminates the cumbersome cabling and management of multi-switch fabrics and doesn't sacrifice precious ports for inter-switch links. With dual redundant power supplies and fans for high availability, the SANbox2-64 products can also be configured in redundant pairs to offer 99.999% availability for mission-critical applications.

"The QLogic SANbox2-64 offers our storage customers a low-cost, robust connectivity solution that complements our high-performance data protection systems," said Mike Hardy, vice president of strategic alliances of Quantum's Storage Solutions Group. "Together, QLogic and Quantum are addressing the data protection needs of small businesses, large corporate workgroups and departments - easily and affordably." ...QLogic profile, ...Quantum profile


STMicroelectronics Introduces World's Smallest Embedded Flash Memory

Geneva - July 1, 2003 - STMicroelectronics has announced the immediate availability of the world's first volume production embedded Flash memory in advanced 180nm CMOS technology.

ST's 180nm embedded Flash technology offers the world's smallest cell size, with each Flash cell occupying just 0.37um2. The extremely small cell size greatly reduces the silicon area required to build memory arrays on the chip, thereby reducing the chip manufacturing cost. The new technology is particularly suited for automotive applications, where Embedded Flash is widely used in System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for key functions such as engine management units as well as for navigation and Infotainment systems. Demonstrator chips featuring these cores are already undergoing customer qualification for the full automotive temperature range. ...STMicroelectronics profile


The Top 5 Subjects on StorageSearch.com in Q203

Editor:- July 1, 2003 - the Solid State Disks (SSD) page was the number #1 product category out of more than 60 storage focused directories visited by StorageSearch.com in the quarter ending June 30, 2003 according to publisher ACSL.

10 years ago when we first featured SSDs in our old print directory, SSDs were an obscure subject only of interest to the military. They were too expensive for use by commercial organizations. But as SSD costs have reduced inline with memory prices, and disk drive performance has improved at a much slower rate during the past decade than CPU speeds, users have become more aware that system performance doesn't come from the processor alone. Two years ago SSDs were the 18th most popular subject on StorageSearch and the subject has been creeping up the popularity chart and got as high as the #2 spot in Q1 2003. That's where I thought it would stay. How could it go higher? But I was wrong...

It's interesting to speculate why SSDs are becoming so important in the thinking of storage users. My own view is that as most organizations have now engineered their storage assets towards a network accessible model, there's a growing realisation that solid state disks are a vital part of making these systems work effectively. In most networked storage systems faster application performance can be achieved by tweaking storage hot spots using SSDs at a much lower cost than simply adding more processors. The potential for speed ups will increase as the gap between processor speed and rotating magnetic disk access times continues to widen. Here are the top 5 subjects visited by our readers in Q2:
  1. Solid state disks
  2. Serial ATA
  3. NAS
  4. Backup software
  5. iSCSI
Solid State Disks are an important market already, and I believe the SSD segment has the potential to become a $10 billion market as IT buyers switch a significant percentage of their IT budgets from underperforming expensive servers into acceleration technologies like SSDs. To help you get a better feel for what's available and how much it costs, we contacted all the manufacturers in this market in June to compile a definitive SSD buyers guide which will include budgetary pricing and sample product information across the full price spectrum. It will be published mid July. Until then the SSD directory page will take you to most of the significant suppliers in this market. ...ACSL profile


The World's Fastest Storage from Texas Memory Systems Boosts Application Performance upto 25X

Houston, Texas - July 1, 2003 - Texas Memory Systems, Inc. announced the release of its new RamSan-320 solid state disk storage unit.

The RamSan-320 demonstrates a 2x-5x performance leap over existing solid state disks and a 10x-25x performance enhancement over existing RAID storage. With higher performance at a lower cost than other solid state disk units, the RamSan-320 is an attractive solution to most I/O bottlenecks where transaction and storage response times are critical. Applications that benefit include online transaction processing, online analytical processing, modeling, and heavy-duty video servers. Typical RamSan-320 users include corporations in the financial, telecom, broadcasting, and e-commerce sectors as well as government, military, and research organizations.

When customers move data requiring frequent and high performance access, such as database 'hot' files, to the RamSan-320, their applications accelerate. Because the RamSan stores data in SDRAM, data reads and writes occur instantaneously. This fast access dramatically improves overall throughput and query response time. The RamSan's amazing 3,000 MB per second bandwidth and 250,000 IOPs (sustained) mean that it can simultaneously boost performance for multiple servers.
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The RamSan-320 includes several exclusive features that make it the most reliable solid state disk available. While other solid state storage manufacturers use a single back-up hard drive, the RamSan-320 is the only SSD that uses a three-disk RAID back-up system, in addition to internal batteries, component redundancy, and hot-swap capabilities, for added data protection. This is a significant advance in reliability for 24 X 7 data center operations with critical applications. Texas Memory Systems has added a unique Active Backup feature that allows users to simultaneously benefit from a solid state drive's blazing fast read and write performance and from hard disk drives' secure data protection.

The optional Active Backup mode uses performance not utilized by the application to constantly backup memory across three back-up hard disk drives. "Solid state disk solutions are valued for performance rather than capacity," said Woody Hutsell, Executive Vice President with Texas Memory Systems. "However, critical system applications and associated data files are growing, giving rise to larger solid state disk systems. This makes a more intelligent form of data backup essential."

Engineering advances by Texas Memory Systems have significantly reduced the cost of this high performance storage, resulting in unprecedented value that enables IT managers to lower the total cost of owning and running data centers. A customer investing in a 16-Gigabyte RamSan-320 achieves a cost of $0.14/IOPS. In addition, this 8th generation solid state storage system lowers IT manager's total cost of ownership by boosting application performance without the complexity and additional cost of adding servers and application software licenses.

"We were able to reduce I/O bottlenecks using RamSan solid state disks," said David Hu, System Administrator with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "That allowed us to reduce user application wait time up to 40%."

The RamSan-320 fits seamlessly into a SAN. It provides up to 64-Gigabytes of SDRAM storage in a single 3U rack mount chassis and is easily managed using a secure Telnet, browser interface, or standard SNMP software. The RamSan-320 unit includes from two to eight 2-Gigabit Fibre Channel ports, hot-swappable disk drives and power supplies, redundant batteries and fans. The Texas Memory Systems RamSan-320 is immediately available in USA and Canada. ...Texas Memory Systems profile

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